Daniel Ricciardo has been finally been confirmed as Mark Webber’s replacement for the 2014 season.
Webber announced his retirement at British Grand Prix at the end of June this year and led to two months of a wide variety of different rumours from the credible to the downright ridiculous.
Lotus’ Kimi Raikkonen was one of the drivers connected to the seat while Toro Rosso’s Jean-Eric Vergne was struck out as a possible replacement. Ricciardo and Raikkonen were then seen as the two men who could replace 37-year-old Webber. Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso was among the less credible list of possible replacements. Raikkonen was also finally struck out as a possible replacement when his manager admitted that talks with the Milton Keynes team broke down.
The announcement was finally made by Dr. Helmut Marko, the Red Bull Young Driver programme director, on Red Bull’s Servus TV channel.
This prompts the question of who will replace the Australian at Red Bull’s sister team, Toro Rosso, with Antonio Felix da Costa and Carlos Sainz Junior leading the charge for a 2014 drive.